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Old May 10, 2013, 09:52 PM   #26
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4 inch GP100
4 inch Security six
4 inch Model 19
4 inch Model 66
6 inch GP100
6 inch Model 686
6.5 New Model Blackhawk

4 inch is the most useful and 6 inch is the most fun. My 6 inch 357 mags are a joy to shoot and well balanced, but not easiest to carry.
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:29 AM   #27
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I think a 4 to 6 inch barrel is probably the best balance. I prefer full lug revolvers. Some people I have known, think this makes the gun too heavy to shoot easily. I do have a request in for a 6" extra heavy barrel assembly for my Dan Wesson. It is a 4" at the moment. For range use the 4 to 6 inch range seems to work well. I don't care for this caliber with anything below 3 inches. I once had a S&W 19 stub nose. It was OK but a Dan Wesson 4" was much better for me. Both were new at the time.
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Old May 11, 2013, 07:55 AM   #28
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From my 6 inch Coonan Classic using buffalo bore 125 grain high velocity ammo I am hitting 1800 FPS. That is about 900 Foot pounds.

I know some people my think I am talking out of my @$$ but I do have pictures.

Here is a link to the review I did.

After doing the review I have bought many more boxes of the stuff. I consider it my new carry ammo.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...

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Old May 11, 2013, 12:58 PM   #29
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As others have said, it's about purpose. If I was to shoot at an open range & wanted accuracy at longer distances or for Bullseye competition, I would get the 6". I have a 6" 686 that I changed over to a 4" for speed shooting at fairly short distances. The 4" swings better for me & can be slowed or stopped easier on the swing when shooting at multiple timed targets. The 4" is also a little quicker from the holster.
If you scope it the barrel length doesn't make much of a difference for accuracy.
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Old May 11, 2013, 02:35 PM   #30
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For shooting I like the 6" bbls. I shoot IDPA and bbl can't exceed 4" so I have both. In a belt holster it doesn't make any difference except for concealment and then the 4" conceals better. If I was getting on for concealed carry it would be the 2 or 2-1/2".
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Old May 11, 2013, 08:36 PM   #31
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IMHO, if you are ever expecting to need a swift follow-up shot, stick with 38+p...
If you feel that one shot will do the trick, .357 is always a more powerful round, so stick with that.
God bless and stay safe!
The great-grandson of Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen.
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Old May 12, 2013, 02:35 PM   #32
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For general work, I think a 5" adds a lot over a 4" for carry and shooting.

I personally like 6.5" to 7.5" barrels the best. 8 3/8" is a bit long for easy shooting and 4" or less tends to give me too much muzzle blast.
10mm and 357sig, the best things to come along since the 38 super!
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Old May 12, 2013, 03:18 PM   #33
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There's lots of great advice here. More than enough to make a decision. If like many of us, you are not sure exactly what use you'll put this revolver to, but just want to own & shoot it, purchase what you you can afford & find, during these tough times. Once you have it, you can always sell or trade up later.
If you're a reloader, you'll appreciate not having to crawl around for your brass.
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Old May 12, 2013, 04:33 PM   #34
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I have a colt trooper mark III with a 6 inch barrel. I use 180 grain cast performance WFNGC bullets over 12.6 grains of imr 4227. I am about to order a Simply Rugged holster for it. Extremely accurate with the 6 incher and surprisingly easy to shoot.
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Old May 12, 2013, 05:02 PM   #35
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I like my 6 inch Ruger .357. It feels more western to me.
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Old May 12, 2013, 06:35 PM   #36
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My 4" Colt Trooper is my favorite. A 6" barrel is fine if not carried and is as close as you get to the original 8 3/8" barrel and still have a well balance and good handling revolver. Skeeter Skelton was partial to the 5"M-27. I was VERY lucky to get a 5" barrel and shroud from Dan Wesson back in 1997 or so, my understanding was they had some left over barrels and shrouds in longer lengths to salvage.
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Old May 12, 2013, 07:20 PM   #37
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Hey Boogieman, it's me fshfindr. I spent a little time in the hosp. but I have my permit in hand and I will be on the prowl for a 6 inch'r. Tomro I may be in your area if Hagues & Bob doesn't have one,
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Old May 26, 2013, 10:30 AM   #38
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My 6 incher grew 2 more inches and became an 8 inch Trooper.
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Old May 26, 2013, 01:25 PM   #39
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